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Parkside Primary School, Parkside - Welcome to our school website! Please take the time to explore the website. Should you require a paper copy of any of the information on the website, please contact the school and a copy will be provided free of charge.


Welcome to the Governors' section! We, the School Governors are responsible for ensuring that the school is improving and hold the Headteacher accountable for decisions. We are accountable for the running of the school and take this very seriously. We demand that Parkside is at least a good standard but is working at outstanding. The vision of the Governors is for the school to offer an outstanding education to all of its pupils. The School Governors have the skills set to achieve this vision.
School Governors commit to giving time and energy to the role. Each Governor contributes to the work of the Governing body and shares the load. Not only do governors attend regular meetings, read papers, speak to staff, parents (through Parent Voice) and children (through Pupil Voice) and see the school in learning walks. Each of the learning walks links to the areas we feel that the school needs to improve upon to achieve our core vision. We also undertake professional training and keep up to date with relevant information to help guide the school strategically which enables us to focus on the key areas that will impact the school.


As school governing body, we work closely with its Senior Leadership Team with a view to promoting high standards of education and more importantly each child to have a love of learning. We fulfil our objectives by establishing the strategic framework by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Operate in such a way that statutory details are met and priorities are approved
  • Provide challenge to the Headteacher to account for improving the quality of teaching, educational performance and pupils' behaviour and safety
  • Support and strengthen school leadership
  • Contribute to the school's self-evaluation and understanding its strengths and weaknesses
  • Engage with key stakeholders
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money well spent
  • Use pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning, including reading, writing and numeracy


Our Governing body has a mix of new and experienced members representing different views. There are 11 Governors who attend a minimum of two meetings per term covering matters on Standards and Finance Staffing and Premises. 


The Chair of Governors is Steve Gibbons

  • Ashdale Drive, Parkside, Stafford

The Vice Chair of Governors is Rachel Nixon
Designated Governor for Safeguarding and performance management is Steve Gibbons


Our Parent Governors are:

David Wool (4 year term of office) Resigned 15/02/2017

Rachel Nixon (4 year term of office) ends 07/04/2021

Our Associate Governors is:

Robert Munday-Crates (4 year term of office) ends 21/06/2021
Our Community Governor is:
Bryan Cross (4 year term of office) ends 24/06/2019
Our Staff Governor is:

George Bennett (4 year term of office) ends 06/06/2022
John Wild (4 year term of office) ends 23/07/2018 - Resigned 25/05/2018
Our Co-opted Governors are:
Mrs Joanne Di Castigloione - Co-opted Governor (4 Year term in office) ends 10/02/2020
Robin McMahon (4 year term of office) Chair of Standards Committee ends 24/06/2019
Steve Gibbons (4 year term of office) ends 24/06/2019
Alan Davies Chair of Finance, Premises and Standards Committee, 
Jo Farmer (4 year term of office ends 24/06/2019

Laura Austen (4 year term of office)  ends 30/09/2021
Our Headteacher Governor is:
Sam Compton (4 year term of office)
Governor Skills


It is vital that we have a wealth of skills and experience within the Governing Body and therefore recruit members on these skill sets and delegate responsibility accordingly.  The training undertaken from members of the governing body is as follows;


Our skill sets are as follows;
Steve Gibbons – leadership, safeguarding trained, business management
Laura Austen – national leadership development – chairs of governors, data (raiseonline trained), performance related pay trained, business management (incl HR), law & marketing qualified, Safeguarding trained
Sam Compton – Parkside HeadTeacher, Accounting Officer
Jo Farmer – Educationalist, Senior Leader, Pupil Premium, National Leader in Teaching, Safeguarding trained
Alan Davies – A qualified Accountant, Business Management (including restructure experience)
Robin McMahon – Peadiatric Nurse, Safeguarding level 3, Management & Leadership
Bryan Cross – local community representative
John Wild – Educationalist, behaviour, PE and Safeguarding trained
Joanne Di Castigloione – Educationalist, Head Teacher, SEND specialist, Safeguarding trained, Early Years knowledge, Schools HR

Rachel Nixon - IT project manager


Our Clerk to Governors has attended and passed the National Clerks Development Programme.


Our aim is that everyone within Parkside community, including Governors, Head Teacher, staff, parents and pupils work together to ensure that the school follows the motto of Care to Learn and Learn to Care and becomes an outstanding school.


We send out questionnaires annually to ensure that we are aware of all of your views as parents. These views are then part of the School Improvement Plan.  If you have any questions or comments regarding the work of the Governing body please contact the school office where you will be provided with contact details for our Chair and or Vice Chair. If you would like to email the Governors, write to We would appreciate and welcome your feedback about the school. If you are not happy about anything, then the school complaints procedure is on the policies part of the website.

Learning walk findings


As Governors we visit the school termly and undertake learning walks. This provides us with the opportunity to see how the school runs. Below you will find examples of our findings from our learning walks around the school.





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